Sorority Hosts First Scholarship Pageant, Awards Sophomore $1,000

Chioke Walker congratulates Prince Charming pageant winner Peter Smith.  Photo by Akima Brackeen/Foghorn
Chioke Walker congratulates Prince Charming pageant winner Peter Smith. Photo by Akima Brackeen/Foghorn

Five male students competed for a $1,000 scholarship at the Prince Charming Pageant to help further pursue their education. Osekalome Akhile, Amandi Emen, Emeka Nwadiba, Peter Smith, and Chioke Walker came from USF, San Francisco State University and San Jose State University to compete in a swimsuit contest, talent contest, and a question and answer segment for the $1,000 scholarship. At the end of the pageant, Peter Smith, a USF sophomore, won the grand prize.

Kendra Liljenquist, USF senior and member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc.- USF’s historically African American sorority that organized the pageant- said that the event is about “Recognizing an outstanding male in the black community and rewarding him to further pursue his education.” She said that the criteria for the males to be selected were based off of a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and community service. Liljenquist said males were selected from other schools because Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. “wanted to recognize others in the black community.” Lijenquist said that the organization raised money for the scholarship by doing fundraising at Chevy’s restaurant and that additional organizations donated money.

Didi Amene, a USF senior and member of Alpha Kappa Inc., said that the fraternity sold tables at the pageant to organizations and individuals for $25. In addition, the law firm where Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. president Courtney Ball works also donated money.

           Cherish Bell, Courtney Ball, Kendra Liljenquist and Didi Amene pose for a photo with winner USF sophomore Peter Smith.  Photo by Akima Brackeen/Foghorn
Cherish Bell, Courtney Ball, Kendra Liljenquist and Didi Amene pose for a photo with winner USF sophomore Peter Smith. Photo by Akima Brackeen/Foghorn

Amene said that they spread the word  for the pageant on Facebook and handed out fliers at USF, San Francisco State University and San Jose State University. She said “There wasn’t a big number of guys, some people didn’t have the grades and criteria we were looking for.” She also said that the sorority knew many of their applicants personally and sent out emails to potential males. Then she said the sorority had a meeting to see which young men were up for the scholarship.

Ariana Johnson, a junior marketing and business major went to the pageant because “I’m on the board of the Black Student Union, to support the black community, and my friends are here.” Dave Mac, an attendee at the pageant, said he went to the pageant because he’s here to support his friend Emeka Nwadiba.

One of the judges Ryan Mclaughin, senior media studies major, said of the pageant, “It’s beautiful, I love being here.”

Scholarship winner, sophomore Peter Smith, said, “It feels really good, much needed, it feels good to be recognized by peers and classmates. [It was] well put together.” He also adds that USF does not have many events like this and it’s nice to have one on campus.

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